First half has been good to Notre Dame offense
BY NEIL HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, 2011 11:36PM
Updated: November 15, 2011 9:52AM
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Notre Dame outgained Purdue 185-39 in the first quarter to continue a trend that dates to the season-opening loss to South Florida.
Notre Dame outgained USF (152-62), Michigan (145-27), Michigan State (95-36) and Pittsburgh (72-31) in the first quarter and has outgained its first five opponents by an average of 130-39.
The 185 yards against Purdue were the most in any opening quarter since Brian Kelly was named coach before last season and the most since the Irish had 211 against Air Force in 2006.
Michael Floyd’s 16th 100-yard receiving game moves him past Golden Tate (15) and into first place in Notre Dame history. Floyd already owns school records for career receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. His 35-yard touchdown catch snapped a three-game scoreless streak, the longest since his freshman season.
◆ It took Tommy Rees 24 seconds to throw a touchdown pass in his 10th consecutive game, which is the third-longest streak in team history behind Brady Quinn (16) and Jimmy Clausen (13).
Freshman defensive end Stephon Tuitt didn’t travel with the team because of a “just missed class” policy, according to Kelly. Tuitt has been one of several freshmen who have made their presence felt. He even logged time at nose guard during Pittsburgh’s potential game-winning drive last week because the 6-6, 295-pounder has proved to be such an effective pass rusher. Kelly said Tuitt is expected to play next week.